Oct 27th, 2008 | Guest Author |
To the citizens of the United States of America from Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith
In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.) Continue Reading »
Oct 26th, 2008 | Michelle DeGraw |
I have spent the past few weeks wondering what to write this month. I had some ideas but nothing was formulating well enough to type. This afternoon as I was writing an e-mail to our families, it occurred to me that I could expand it for Mormon Momma.
One of the gospel principles that has always resonated with me, even as a young child, is that each person to ever live on the earth is a child of God. He loves us and knows us personally. I do not have a memory of not believing this doctrine. This personal testimony was strongly reinforced when I received my patriarchal blessing as a teenager. Being literal daughters and sons of God is central to the larger doctrine of the plan of salvation. The song “I Am a Child of God” has been one of my favorite church hymns for as long as I can recall.
So it was with anticipation and pride (the righteous type) that I looked forward to my two youngest children participating in our Primary sacrament meeting program today. This year’s theme was “I Am a Child of God.” Continue Reading »
Oct 22nd, 2008 | Ray DeGraw |
My resolution for April was to “hunger and thirst more after righteousness.” (Matthew 5:6)
As I thought about this goal, the very first thing that hit me - hard - was how little I think about hunger and thirst. I have experienced relative hunger and thirst in my life (more thirst than hunger), but I have not been desperate for food or drink to the point of concern for my well-being at any point in my life. Continue Reading »
Oct 7th, 2008 | M. Linford |
In about four different places this past week, I have been made aware of a video about the Parkers in Massachusetts. Their story is one I have known about for a while, but seeing it on this video impacted me significantly. I wept and literally felt sick to my stomach.
If you are not familiar with their story, I encourage you to watch this video. Regardless of how you feel about the gay marriage issue, the threat to parental and taxpayer rights, in my opinion, is something that should concern every citizen. This situation illustrates how making gay marriage legal could impact other people’s rights. And how it could impact our children.
It’s easy to see things like this video, and to consider the possible ripple effects of something like the legalization of gay marriage, and feel overwhelmed, even afraid. I know because I have felt those feelings many times. We live in perilous times, and we were reminded of this during General Conference. We can see evidence of this fact all around us.
But I have had an interesting experience as I have thought about this video, and about this issue. While I am deeply concerned, and have dedicated time and energy to actively support Proposition 8, I feel that it is important not to be afraid. Continue Reading »
Oct 7th, 2008 | Angie Gardner |
Do you remember your first real friend?
What was it that brought you together? Most likely it was the similarities between you. You probably both enjoyed riding skateboards, or jumping rope, having deep discussions about life, or laughing at things that you both found humorous. Most likely you were on the same “wavelength”, had similar ideas and beliefs, and agreed on many if not most issues.
When you became an adult, did anything about that change? For me, it has a little bit. I have friends who are different sides of the spectrum politically, religiously, and philosophically probably more than I did as a younger person. I can appreciate our differences more now, respect their opinions (and hope they respect mine!), and agree to disagree about issues that we differ on.
In the news the past several days, the presidential campaign has taken an especially negative tone. A few days ago, I didn’t think I really liked either candidate—and now I know I don’t like either one. They have both had close associations—even friendships—that admittedly give me pause. So my question is: How much do the friendships and associates of political candidates matter to you? Continue Reading »
Oct 6th, 2008 | Alison Moore Smith |
I have a theory. My theory is that Republicans are really only fiscally conservative until they start to see a personal benefit in being fiscally liberal. “Small government! Lower taxes!” they scream. Oh, until big government and higher taxes will personally line their pockets.
What hypocrisy. Continue Reading »
Oct 6th, 2008 | Alison Moore Smith |
Much like my annual vacation at BYU’s Education Week each August, the semi-annual General Conferences always give me more than enough ideas about what needs fixing in my life (as if I didn’t have enough already). But, as nanacarol posted today, that excitement and drive to improve can wear off as quickly as it came. By next week I’m likely to be back at my old habits, having all but forgotten the things the Spirit confirmed today.
One of the speeches I give is on self-improvement and goal setting. In fact, I’m giving that speech at a women’s retreat in Idaho next Saturday. I know how to set manageable goals, but somehow I don’t often apply those principles to the conference counsel.
This year it will be different! (Famous last words…) Continue Reading »
Oct 1st, 2008 | Alison Moore Smith |
A few years ago, when I lived in Eagle Mountain (aka: The Quirky Burg, Waldenville, and Idiot Voterville), a guy was convicted for sexually abusing his teenage stepdaughter. When he was released from prison—and ignoring a court-issued restraining order—the mother (!!!) brought the perp back into her home—where the victim still lived.
It was more important to her that she had a bed partner than that she protect her daughter. Continue Reading »
Sep 30th, 2008 | Michelle DeGraw |
“For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.” (Alma 34:32)
Over the past few months I have had many opportunities to think about preparedness, with its many facets. While the following examples are by no means the only ones, they highlight a few of the situations that have given me the opportunity to learn about the importance of preparedness. Continue Reading »
Sep 27th, 2008 | Alison Moore Smith |
I don’t use the “s” word in the title. And I don’t let my kids use it either—the ones I can still control with my iron fist, anyway. But I can’t think of another word today. Continue Reading »